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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jan 14, 2011 6:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

Presumably you meant "NFC Championship" for Green Bay-Chicago.

I love football; it's the only sport I'm truly passionate about (in our house the year is simply divided into "the season" and "the off-season"). Unfortunately the the NFL has watered down the quality of its product by spreading too many teams out over too many divisions playing too many games (they're talking about going to friggin' 18 now; personally I thought 14 was the right number). This is how you end up with a team like the 7-9 Seahawks- a team which has earned NO right to a shot at the title based on their season's body of work -hosting, and winning, a first round playoff game. Meanwhile, 10 game winners are sitting at home. That's garbage. Any team can get on a roll and beat any other team on a given day. This limp-dick excuse about the "value of winning your division" only holds up if you actually need to be good to win a division. The whole point of a playoff system is to pool the teams that have proven to be consistently good over the long haul, and exclude those that haven't.

(And yes, I 'get it" that from a business standpoint the NFL wants as many teams in contention as late into the season as possible. But from a football standpoint, there's nothing particularly gratifying about seeing mediocrity rewarded).

*whew!* Okay, end of rant.

Super Bowl I want to see: Pats-Packers
Super Bowl I think we will see: Pats-Falcons

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 14, 2011 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

that was a good rant :)

in complete agreement with you regarding the "problems" with the current playoff format. not sure if they will change anything, but i hope the powers-that-be at least make an attempt.

would love to see a Pats/Falcons SB

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jan 14, 2011 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

Would love to see the Pats play anyone but they have to get by a pretty good Jets team on Sunday. I know the score was lopsided last time they played but I really do not think that will happen again. With the Pats recent playoff history 07 SB and last years Baltimore loss has me a little nervous. I think they win but I would be really surprised if it is a blowout. Go Pats

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 14, 2011 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

i agree that it should be a pretty close game. that blowout is the distant pass, especially in the minds of Brady and Coach B. they SHOULD win, but one never knows in the playoffs and against a divisional opponent.

my prediction is Sanchez makes a fatal error in the 4th sealing a Pats victory

outcome: Pats 31 Jets 24

(crossing fingers)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 14, 2011 4:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

Hey Dire, while Pulling for your pats over sexy rexy this weekend throw in some good karma for my Steelers. That would be another great AFC championship. Also, did you see Wes Welker's presser? He said or used the word "feet" about 20 times obviously taking a dig at Ryan. Pretty funny

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 14, 2011 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

yeah - saw his clips on sportscenter this afternoon. very funny indeed, especially when all 10 or so were played in rapid fire within 20 seconds. it was great! (either that or dear Wes has a serious foot fetish.

as much as I hate the Steelers and Big Ben, I hate the Ravens equally. so consider some western mass vibes heading toward the steel curtain this weekend.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jan 14, 2011 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Road to the Superbowl goes thru New England & Atlanta

Sanchez? Fatal mistake?

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